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  • Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Randall Bartlett
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Economic forces are everywhere around you. But that doesn't mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, with these 12 fast-moving and crystal clear lectures, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage.

    A User says: "A difficult subject made easy!"
    "A difficult subject made easy!"
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    I have found this the best set of lectures on economics so far. The presenter paces himself. explains a concept and then gives an anecdote. This has enabled me to comprehend relatively difficult concepts with ease.
    I own a small business and have never really understood a lot of the terms used in the modern press that relate to finance. I wish I had learned this information at the beginning of my career. It would have helped me enormously.
    I give this 5 stars.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael K. Salemi
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    Money and finance play a deeply fundamental role in your life. Now, let an expert professor lead you in a panoramic exploration of our monetary and financial systems, their inner workings, and their crucial role and presence in your world. As a guiding theme of these 36 content-rich lectures, you observe the ways in which economies require efficient and evolving financial institutions and markets to fulfill their potential.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Bank mysteries only somewhat less mysterious"
    "Great COurse"
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    I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. I have listened to it every morning whilst I drive to work and over the period of a few weeks feel as if I now understand some fundamentals of economics that have alluded me to date. I come from the East End of London, and back in the day when I went to school we were never taught any of this type of information. I run a business which nowadays is no mean feat. CEOs have to understand complex and demanding information. The learning never stops. These courses are really helpful and this particular course is easy to really one of the best I have listened to. The lecturer is a consummate communicator and I am pleased I have invested my time in listening to this course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night.

    Sharon says: "Icelandic Drama"
    "Exceptional Novel"
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    I was not expecting the sheer quality of this book - in content and performance. There seemed to be an uncanny convergence between the narrator and the text which truly brought the book to life. The setting in Iceland, the history and the unusual plot overlaying the extraordinary manner in which the presenter tells the story, twisting her tongue around the Icelandic names is breathtaking.
    This is definitely a classic book putting Hannah Kent in the BIG LEAGUE of modern day writers. I give this one 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of Fatherland. January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

    A User says: "Excellent Read"
    "Excellent Read"
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    I enjoyed this book immensely. It appeared to be well researched and meticulously written. It was very credible and placed me in the period well. The theme of whistle blowing and the trauma that ensues for the whistleblower was consistent with my understanding of what happens.
    The storyline is excellent and at times, I could not stop listening.

    All in all, I highly recommend this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Family Fortunes: How to Build Family Wealth and Hold on to It for 100 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bill Bonner, Will Bonner
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    From trusted New York Times best-selling author Bill Bonner comes a radical new way to look at family money and a practical, actionable guide to getting and maintaining multigenerational wealth. Family Fortunes: How to Build Family Wealth and Hold on to It for 100 Years is packed with useful information, interwoven with Bonner's stories about his own family's wealth philosophy and practices.

    Mitch says: "Well written, well researched"
    "Excellent and Very Helpful"
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    This book gave me much enlightenment about the management of family assets. I had never thought about these issues to this extent before. In some ways the book has given me a real sense of urgency to actually address this important issue.

    Overall, I found the book to be exceptionally helpful. This is without doubt, the best summary of asset management for families that I have come across. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Puberty Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kathy Lette, Gabrielle Carey
    • Narrated By Rebecca Macauley
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Written 20 years ago, Puberty Blues is the best-selling account of growing up in the 1970s that took Australia by storm and spawned an eponymous cult movie. Puberty Blues is about "top chicks" and "surfie spunks" and the kids who don't quite make the cut: it recreates with fascinating honesty a world where only the gang and the surf count. It's a hilarious and horrifying account of the way many teenagers live, and some of them die.

    A User says: "Should Popularity Be The Main Thing for Teenagers?"
    "Should Popularity Be The Main Thing for Teenagers?"
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    I am a fifteen year teenage girl and I found this book very upfront and thought provoking. I enjoyed the book immensely and thought the characters were realistic. Every girl or guy wants to be popular at some point in their high school years. But this book represents that not everything in the popular group is as fun and exciting as it seems to be. In this book it demonstrates how two girls who clearly wanted to be popular force themselves to change their behaviour in order to fit into the popular group. However, in the end they leave this group in order to be true to themselves. This saves them from a life that could have ended in tragedy.
    I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Reasons Why

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Asher
    • Narrated By Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (543)

    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

    FanB14 says: "Good Book for Parents & Teens to Share"
    "Think before you say it"
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    I am a teenage girl and read this book and it made me think about things I had not thought about before. It was a type of book that I could not put down as it was so engaging. I thought the girl was a bit self-centred and she annoyed me at times because she could not see the perpectives of people that truly cared about her. However, I think people should think before they say hurtful things to others. You never know how much your words can affect a person - even to the extent that they commit suicide.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

    Richard says: "Good Start - slow end"
    "Overall Excellent - BUT... American-centric"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book however, I was intrigued at the blind spots that emerge when viewing the future from such a US perspective. Living in Australia, I guess I see Asia, America and Europe in a very different way. Some assumptions about the people are not consistent with my reality and my knowledge and experience of these regions. Having said this, I was very impressed with the sheer depth of knowledge of George Friedman

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jasper Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Craig Silvey
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of 13, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race, and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery....

    A User says: "What an Excellent Book"
    "What an Excellent Book"
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    This powerful book, set in Western Australia is very intelligent and multi-layered. It tells the story of a young lad who is coerced to act in a manner that puts him at risk. The characters in the story are highly believable and not stereotyped. I enjoyed the unfolding of the book, the richness and depth of the text and the surprising conclusion. It really exposed some of the deep concerns of youth and their exploitations by dysfunctional families.
    If you are interested in understanding some of the real concerns of Australian life in a small outback town - this tale will resonate.
    This book was selected by our book club and I think it will generate a lot of discussion at our next meeting. I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1383)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Poor Character Development and Unbelievable"
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    I gave up on this book half way through. At first, I thought it was in the ilk of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. However, the poor character development - women falling instantly in love with men who had personality disorders and communication challenges - was just too unbelievable. I also could not stand the reading style. The reader had a good Scottish voice for Ian MacKenzie but the nasal tones for the women really did not work for me.
    Sorry about this one but really - relationships need much more depth and exploration if they are to work in such a plot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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